Leadership & Board of Directors
Sussex School is a parent cooperative under the leadership of Interim Head of School, Joellen Shannon. Joellen works with faculty and staff to successfully operate the approximately 120-person school.
Hailing from Philadelphia, Joellen earned her undergraduate degree in economics from University of Notre Dame. She went on to obtain a Masters in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana.
She has dedicated her entire career to social and environmental-impact work. In addition to education, her career has spanned work in affordable housing and community agriculture.
Joellen began working for Sussex in 2013 as the Development and Marketing Director, bringing two decades of nonprofit capacity-building experience to the role. In 2017, she – together with Daphne Braun – became the co-director of the school. In 2021 she moved into the role of Interim Head of School.
Joellen believes education is one of the most powerful ways to improve people's lives and to influence society, the future, and the planet. She chose to send her own two children to Sussex and has witnessed, first hand, the power of a Sussex Education.
In her role as interim Head of School, she is committed to honoring the voices of our teachers, students, and parents in decision making, to make health and safety a priority for our students, and to celebrate the mission and values of Sussex School in its 50th year.
The Board of Directors are elected by Sussex parents and set general policies, oversee committees, and work alongside the head of school to improve the Sussex experience. The board is made up of current parents, the founder, a community liaison, an alumni member, and two teacher and student representatives. When making decisions, the Sussex Board takes parent and student viewpoints into account. It is the administrative team's responsibility to work with the community to implement new strategies and ensure understanding.
As a whole, Sussex School's leadership is focused on looking towards the future and making decisions in the best interest of the students.
Board of Directors
Ange Anderson: President
Nick Kujawa: Vice President
Tracy McDonald: Treasurer
George Laufenberg: Secretary
Katie James: Member-at-Large
Ali Kelly: Member-At-Large
Stephanie Lathrop: Member-At-Large
Emily McMeekin: Member-At-Large
Charity O'Connor Member-At-Large
Matt Semanoff: Member-At-Large
Ben Jimenez: Alumni Liaison
Bente Winston: Founder of Sussex School
Kris LaRoche: Teacher Representative
Matt Zunker: Teacher Representative
Ryden Eichwald: Student Representative
Ellette Whitcomb: Student Representative